During Mandela’s imprisonment there was a total ban on showing his face.
In fact, his face was so closely guarded a secret that when Time magazine published a cover of him six days before his release, they had to base it on old pictures and imagine how he had aged (the result was questionable).
Only on his release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990, did the world see Mandela in person again.
But one journalist, who visited him in prison in the 1980s, had described what he looked like to a artist.
The artist then drew a portrait which made its way to Cosatu.
In 1989, Cosatu published the most up-to-date depiction of Mandela yet, and secretly printed and distributed it to delegates at its second national congress.
According to Marlene Powell, a former Cosatu media officer, the poster was stealthily handed to Cosatu delegates